Learning Exercise

The Parthenon Marbles

The Parthenon Marbles are the subject of international controversy because of the ownership question. Do they belong to Greece or to Great Britain. This web site explores the controversy of their ownership.

The Parthenon Marbles, once a top the Parthenon on Athens' famed Acropolis, were acquired by Lord Elgin and removed to... see more


Instructions: Click "go to material." On the left hand side under "For Return," Read the following short articles: Demands of the Greek Government, British Objections Answered, The New Acropolis Museum, the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. Further down on the left side under "Documents," Read: Was the Removal of the Parthenon Marbles Legal?, Why the Parthenon Marbles Should be Returned, Moral Issues of Cultural Return. After reading the seven articles write a five-page paper summarizing the positions of all sides in this issue and determine in your estimation, which side has the best argument for ownership.


Technical Notes





Ancient Greece; Acropolis; Athens; Parthenon.

Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with the legal issues of cultural ownership of ancient artifacts.